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Tajikistan: Water Resources Management in Pyanj River Basin Project (Additional Financing)

Sovereign (Public) Project | 47181-004 Status: Proposed

The proposed grant will help finance the cost overruns of the original project for constructing a sediment excluding basin (SEB), which is the key infrastructure for the sustainability of the project to decrease the sediment inflow by 85% to the upper stream of the Chubek Irrigation System (CIS). The cost overrun was identified by acquisition of historical suspended sediment particle size distribution data and detailed topographic data during the detailed design stage which was not available during the feasibility study. The data resulted in a revised design criteria and general arrangements to address the new information, and accommodate an alternative basin flushing method. It was identified that a larger basin size will be required to achieve the expected sediment removal, and the construction cost for the SEB will increase accordingly.

Project Details

Project Officer
Shimasaki, Akihiro Central and West Asia Department Request for information
Country
  • Tajikistan
Sector
  • Agriculture, natural resources and rural development
 
Project Name Water Resources Management in Pyanj River Basin Project (Additional Financing)
Project Number 47181-004
Country Tajikistan
Project Status Proposed
Project Type / Modality of Assistance Grant
Source of Funding / Amount
Grant: Water Resources Management in Pyanj River Basin Project (Additional Financing)
concessional ordinary capital resources lending / Asian Development Fund US$ 15.00 million
Strategic Agendas Environmentally sustainable growth
Inclusive economic growth
Drivers of Change Gender Equity and Mainstreaming
Governance and capacity development
Sector / Subsector

Agriculture, natural resources and rural development / Irrigation

Gender Equity and Mainstreaming Effective gender mainstreaming
Description The proposed grant will help finance the cost overruns of the original project for constructing a sediment excluding basin (SEB), which is the key infrastructure for the sustainability of the project to decrease the sediment inflow by 85% to the upper stream of the Chubek Irrigation System (CIS). The cost overrun was identified by acquisition of historical suspended sediment particle size distribution data and detailed topographic data during the detailed design stage which was not available during the feasibility study. The data resulted in a revised design criteria and general arrangements to address the new information, and accommodate an alternative basin flushing method. It was identified that a larger basin size will be required to achieve the expected sediment removal, and the construction cost for the SEB will increase accordingly.
Project Rationale and Linkage to Country/Regional Strategy

ADB approved the original project on 28 September 2016 to support the agricultural development in the Pyanj River Basin (PRB) by improving the government's water resources management (WRM) capacity, and increasing agricultural productivity and water use efficiency in irrigated agriculture. The project became effective on 8 August 2017. The Ministry of Energy and Water Resources (MEWR) and the Agency for Land Reclamation and Irrigation (ALRI) are the project executing agencies. Under the MEWR-led component, the project has established river basin organizations and strengthened their capacity for river basin management, including improved monitoring of water use for irrigation. The project also supports Tajikistan's contribution to the joint management of the PRB through the Afghanistan-Tajikistan Pyanj River Basin commission. Under the ALRI-led component, the CIS is to be modernized and climate-proofed, including the irrigation and drainage infrastructure and pumping stations. The project also supports capacity building of farmers and water user associations on water use efficiency and agricultural productivity.

The first additional financing was approved on 21 June 2018 to expand the scope of the original project to include capacity building and institutional development of the State Agency for Hydrometeorology of Tajikistan (Hydromet), and provide quality climate services for WRM, agricultural production, and disaster risk reduction in the PRB in southern Tajikistan. It became effective on 7 March 2019. Hydromet is the executing agency for the first additional financing. Improved information delivery, forecasting, and warning by Hydromet aims to (i) support efficient WRM and agricultural productivity among river basin organizations, water user organizations, and farmers; and (ii) reduce disaster impacts to settlements, water resources infrastructure, and irrigation infrastructure.

In order to complete the construction of the SEB, which is the key infrastructure of the original project, and achieve the project's outcome, it is necessary to approve the second additional financing. Completion of the SEB will contribute to the: (i) reduction of sediments entering the CIS canal, (ii) increase in irrigation conveyance efficiency of on-farm canals in CIS, (iii) increase in pump efficiency of select pump stations in CIS, and (iv) provision of access to water for select households, which are the key activities in output 2.

Impact
Outcome
Outputs
Geographical Location
Safeguard Categories
Environment C
Involuntary Resettlement C
Indigenous Peoples C
Summary of Environmental and Social Aspects
Environmental Aspects
Involuntary Resettlement
Indigenous Peoples
Stakeholder Communication, Participation, and Consultation
During Project Design
During Project Implementation
Responsible ADB Officer Shimasaki, Akihiro
Responsible ADB Department Central and West Asia Department
Responsible ADB Division Environment, Natural Resources & Agriculture Division, CWRD
Executing Agencies
Agency for Land Reclamation and Irrigation
5/1 Shamci Street
Dushanbe
Tajikistan
Timetable
Concept Clearance 24 Sep 2019
Fact Finding -
MRM 26 Jun 2020
Approval -
Last Review Mission -
Last PDS Update 31 Mar 2020

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